The Pietermaritzburg High Court has ordered that the State be allowed to appoint a medical practitioner to examine former President Jacob Zuma who is currently in a military hospital.
Judge Piet Koen granted the State’s application that its own medical practitioner examines the former President.
State Prosecutor Advocate Wim Trengrove told the court that the current letter from Zuma’s doctor does not identify his current medical condition but notes emergency procedures that have been delayed for 18 months.
“We are at the moment completely in the dark to the justification for the postponement for Zuma’s condition. The doctor’s letter does not identify the medical conditions which he suffers at all or says quite perplexingly there has been an emergency procedure that has been delayed for 18 months. We have found it very hard to understand how that’s transformed to his inability to stand trial. We also ask that you my lord that the State may appoint a medical practitioner to examine Mr. Zuma to determine his fitness to attend court or to stand trial.”
Video: Former President’s case postponed to 9 September 2021